Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Now for IBTTA’s Upcoming Summit: The Future of Tolling – Going Mainstream Through ORT and Interoperability, May 23-25, 2010 in Boston, MA

Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Boston for the fourth Summit in a series of workshops focused on the hot topics of ORT and Interoperability.  This Summit will bring together transportation experts who will focus on lessons learned, case studies, business Rules and future decision-making about all-electronic toll collection, interoperability, violation enforcement, and implications for vehicle miles traveled charging.  Breakout sessions are divided into four main categories – On the Road and in the Car; Technology and Backroom Issues; Road Pricing and Financial Issues and In the Public and Policy Forum.  IBTTA is exploring opportunities to involve university students and faculty from the Boston area in research connected with the main topics of this Summit.  Click here for registration, hotel and travel information and to view the preliminary agenda. www.ibtta.org


1) European Union Agrees to Accelerate Joint Control of Skies
Link to article in The New York Times:

2) Searidge to Work with MIT on Control Tower Alternative
Link to article in the Ottawa Business Journal:


3) New York City's Terror-Spotting Spycams Stuck in Traffic
Link to article in Wired:


4) Reservations Technology Key to Cutting Washington State Ferry Congestion
Link to article in the Peninsula Daily News:


5) Dailynews @ ITS America Annual Meeting
Includes winners of 'Best of ITS' awards.
Link to update from ITS International:

6) San Diego-Area 511 Expands, Now Offers Taxi Service
Link to article in rEgion:

7) US DOT Among Agencies Given Low Marks on Transparency Plans by Watchdog Group
NASA ranked as best.
Link to article in InformationWeek:

8) Transportation Research Board Webinar: Knowledge is Power: How TRB's Databases Improve Access to Transportation Research – Summary and Recording of April 19 Session
Link to further information:

9) Final Reports from the Western Transportation Institute Related to Transportation Communications
 -  Rural Transportation and ITS Outreach and Assessment – UTC
 -  Evaluation of the Utah DOT Weather Operations/RWIS Program on Traffic Operations
 -  Evaluation of an Animal Warning System Effectiveness
 -  Use of Rural Transportation Infrastructure in Evacuation Operation for the North Gulf Coastal Region


10) Coming Soon: Robots Parking Cars in West Hollywood, California
Link to article in Government Technology:


11) Transportation Secretary LaHood Enlists MIT in Fight Against Distracted Driving
Link to article in The Washington Post:

12) A Rapid Security Check Could be Revived at Airports
Link to article in The New York Times:


13) Highway Warning Signs Still Not Working in Idaho
Link to story and video on KIFI-TV:


14) Toyota Calls in Diverse Experts for Massive Safety Review
Link to article in USA Today:

15) Ford Preps Apps Experiment: Commute Meets Cloud?
Link to blog on ZDNet:
Link to news release from Ford:

16) High-Tech Cars to Beat Jams in Europe's Busiest Cities
Link to GMA News story:

17) Top Six 'Active' Car-Safety Features
Link to article on Bankrate.com:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
NTI Course: Coordinated Mobility: A Transportation Management Solution – May 11-12 – Lubbock, Texas

Today in Transportation History    
1910 **100th anniversary** The Royal Canadian Navy was created.

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1 comment:

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